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Hearn Motorsports to field HRL GP Hydro in 2018 taps Tate and Allen to drive

13 September 2017
Press release

The Hydroplane Racing League (HRL) is delighted to hear that Richard Hearn joins the Grand Prix class for the 2018 season with a new Jones/Wiggins built Hydroplane.


As for Hearn Motorsports, we are pleased that HRL will permit the team to take part in the most prestigious Hydroplane circuit in America.

In addition, the team will be able to count on passionate and talented people like Mark Tate, a valuable asset, who will be in charge of the engines. Tate represents the third generation of drivers in his family and has received numerous honors in the world of Hydroplane racing. Since his debut in class J Stock Outboard, then in the850-CC, 7 liter and Unlimited classes, to name but a few, Tate has had a brilliant career and will be able to build powerful engines for his son.


The fiery 28-year-old Andrew Tate shows a lot of skill and has 17 years of racing experience. The resident of Walled Lake, Michigan, he is therefore the perfect candidate to be at the wheel of this new hydroplane.

The team also announces that Donny Allen will support Tate in the event of conflicting schedules or injuries. On the HRL circuit this season Allen had the opportunity to demonstrate that he has the talent to be at the wheel of a Grand Prix boat.


Richard Hearn is familiar with the HRL circuit and the World of Hydroplane Racing: “The Hearn story begins in the 1930s with a pioneer in Hydroplane Racing, Steve Hearn, who built his own boat. This passion for speed was passed on to his two sons and his daughter, Richard, Edward and Beth Hearn. The name Hearn is now engraved in the APBA Hall of Champions several times and has founded Hearn Motorsports which has been successful since its inception, “reads the website of the race team Hearn Motor Sports

“With Hearn Motorsports in the Grand Prix Class, it’s an important addition to the most spectacular hydroplane classes. The other drivers will find in this team a rival to be reckoned with on the water”, adds Didier-Bernard Séguin, Commissioner HRL.


This new construction, the only hull designed by Jones/Wiggins in the Grand Prix class, will undoubtedly have the shape and characteristics that will distinguish it from the rest of the current fleet. It remains to be seen how it will behave on the water!

Everything suggests that the arrival of Hearn Motorsports in the HRL Grand Prix is excellent news!

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